Doll Crib

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Project by lighthearted posted 05-17-2010 04:16 PM 2269 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this crib for my daughter for her 6th Birthday.

I started with plans i got from woodcraft. It was a great learning experience. I learned I need to throw out the plans and create my own. Wow it really slowed me down trying to use bad directions and other methods I may not have necessarily chosen. The biggest problem I had with the plans was the work flow. But like I said, next time I would take the info, draw my own plans and make it my own.

One issue I did run into was the alignment of the uprights that hold the cradle and allow it to swing. They are not exactly square and the cradle scrapes against one side as it rocks (even my 6 year old ‘client’ pointed it out!). Not sure what I did wrong or how to prevent it. The stretcher could be a 1/8” longer but, the uprights are still not square/parallel. Thoughts?

The cradle is maple and I have yet to finish it. But an american girl doll has been sleeping quite comfortably all week!

-- Chris

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 05:39 PM

The first one I made did the same thing so next time i made the stretcher 1/2 inch longer problem solved

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 05:51 PM

Nicely exicuted. Looks You have a nice shop too. I also just use plans as a base for ideas and try to make all work my own too. Keep up the good work.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 07:56 PM

Nice work. It sounds to me as well like the stretcher is the problem, I would make two 1/4” shims with a small ogee perturbing down below (and perhaps above as well) and just widen that base out, but not lose a whole new board of maple. My family has a doll crib my great grandfather built, I bet yours will be as treasured.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 03:12 AM

I made the full size version for my grandson. Then made the smaller version for a friends daughter. The plans from Woodcraft sometimes are not to clear and the hardware leaves alot to be desired. I am not very good at designing so most of my projects come from ready plans. Both my cradles turned out nice. I also had to adjust the length of the stretcher

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 04:15 AM

looks super a great job

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 05:55 PM

Looks very nice. Another happy little girl.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-18-2010 05:57 PM

I’ve got the full size one about half built right Great job though. Looks good!

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#8 posted 05-26-2010 10:39 PM

Looks great, I like your insight, and comments above sound like good advice. Some of my problems with small variations in size or position have sometimes come from the wood itself, some wood, depending on type, and the ambient temp and humidity, can literally change over night, and create small, sometimes greater differences in straightness and size of a board or piece. One woodworker told me, around 4 years ago, when I first started that “Wood” is a living, breathing, ....... can’t say the rest, but you get the idea Great work, keep working and sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 04:58 AM

way to go DAD
I´ll bett she will love it


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